Phar Lap's racing bridle to be auctioned

Last updated 14:14 02/03/2009

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A rare souvenir from Australia's greatest racehorse is up for grabs when Phar Lap's bridle goes under the hammer this month.

The chestnut thoroughbred gelding became a national icon in Australia where he was trained and raced, and in New Zealand where he was bred.

At his death in 1932, Phar Lap was the third highest stake-winner in the world.

Phar Lap wore the prized bridle and was ridden by jockey Jim Pike in 1931 when he won the Hill Stakes, Spring Stakes, Craven Plate and Randwick Plate.

Pike rode Phar Lap 30 times for 27 wins, and was regarded as the best jockey of his generation.

His widow Olga sold the bridle with the rest of his riding gear in 1975.

It was sold to Reg Howarth of Tahoma Stud at auction in 1998.

The bridle has a pre-sale estimate of $A3,000 – $A4,000 ($NZ3855-$NZ5140).

"It's always a personal thrill for our staff when we get to handle Phar Lap memorabilia," auctioneer Charles Leski said.

The bridle will be auctioned at Charles Leski's auction rooms on February 11 in Melbourne.


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